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I. General

Literary communication is communication by means of texts - stabilized, coherent and substantial statements. These may be written or eventually put down in writing, but they may also remain oral ( Literacy). Since for earlier societies as a rule only written texts can be studied, the term ‘literature’ focusses on such sedimented media of literary communication. Nevertheless, particularly for anc…

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Rüpke, Jörg (Erfurt), Cancik-Kirschbaum, Eva (Berlin), Quack, Joachim (Berlin), Hazenbos, Joost (Leipzig), Hose, Martin (Munich), Wandrey, Irina (Berlin), Schmidt, Christiane (Tübingen), Pollmann, Karla (St. Andrews), Gruber, Joachim (Munich) and Berger, Albrecht (Berlin), “Literature”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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